"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." NIV
"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer." KJV
There are many references in the Word of God about staying focused on God and His eternal kingdom. It must be critically important for us to rise above this earth life that is filled with problems and pain. If we remain joyfully hopeful no matter what we are going through here on earth, we will be at peace as we wait for His kingdom to come.
Heavenly Father, forgive us for not being patient and faithful with joy and for letting the trials of this world consume our attention. Help us to focus on Your kingdom patiently and with joy, praying daily for Your return. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC